Germany: more geese, but for higher prices
The supply of geese and goosemeat produced in Germany
is due to grow again this year. However, higher prices than a year ago are to be
Such are the predictions of the German market association ZMP. The
higher prices are a result of higher feed costs. In 2006, on account of the avian influenza
outbreak, goose production dropped 12.5% in the Federal Republic to a mere 3,500
Breeding the animals was only permitted under strict control by veterinarians
and many small producers were forced out of the market.
In 2007, production rose to 4,000 tonnes, which does not at all cover German
demand. Around 30,000 tonnes of geese and goosemeat is imported into the country
- mostly from Poland and Hungary.
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